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Old 03-10-2010, 09:32 AM
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Good chance these are original - no rubber boot to speak of, and quite a bit of rust and gunk on the threads. Any sugggestions, especially for how to get a good grip to turn these suckers? And is there an easy to way to make sure they are right-handed threads? I've read that some are left-handed, but that it's inconsistent....
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Heat, Aerokroil and a lot of patience. Or new tie rods and ends.
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a few hours in the derusting tank would do it...... Bring them by early tonight and i'll leave them till tomorrow.

you can try to hose them down with PB blaster or Deep Creep too.... for a few days.
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can tell RH of LH by the exposed threads.
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don't re-use if heating, especially if you get them above 350f core temp
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Good chance these are original - no rubber boot to speak of, and quite a bit of rust and gunk on the threads. Any sugggestions, especially for how to get a good grip to turn these suckers? And is there an easy to way to make sure they are right-handed threads? I've read that some are left-handed, but that it's inconsistent....
Just buck up and go for new ones. OEM includes the tie rod!
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MAPP gas and pb blaster. Heat a little, soak with PB, repeat a few times and should free up. Good Luck, Art
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I've only got the drivers side torn down at this point - was hoping to just replace each end without replacing the TR.

I'll try more heat and PB blaster. Do you guys clamp the TRE with a locking vice grip or pipe wrench to get a better grip?
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I've only got the drivers side torn down at this point - was hoping to just replace each end without replacing the TR.

I'll try more heat and PB blaster. Do you guys clamp the TRE with a locking vice grip or pipe wrench to get a better grip?
Vice Grips work OK but to break loose frozen tie rods I have more luck with a big pipe wrench. When assembling very liberal use of anti-seize helps guarantee you won't need the pipe wrench in the future. I put enough of the stuff on that my tie rods look painted silver.
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You could try cutting a notch out of a large 1/2" drive socket to accomodate the ball stud and hit it with an impact (if available.) I've done this with some success in the past, hope it helps.

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